John D'Albiac

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John Henry D'Albiac
Royal Air Force- Fighter Command, Tactical Air Force, 1943-1945. CH10618.jpg
John D'Albiac as Commander of the Tactical Air Force during the Second World War
Born 28 January 1894
Died 20 August 1963
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1914 – 14 April 1947
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held RAF Scopwick
RAF Palestine and Transjordan
British Forces in Greece
British Forces in Iraq
No. 222 Group
No. 2 Group
Second Tactical Air Force
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Mention in Despatches
Other work Aerodrome Commandant, London Heathrow Airport

Air Marshal Sir John Henry D'Albiac KCVO, KBE, CB, DSO (28 January 1894 – 20 August 1963) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Notably he was the British air commander for the Battle of Greece.

Biography[edit]

Air Commodore D'Albiac, Air Officer Commanding British Forces in Greece, sitting at his desk in his Headquarters at the Grande Bretagne Hotel, Athens.

D'Albiac was educated at the Seabrook Lodge School in Kent, Framlingham College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Royal Marine Artillery in 1914 but seconded to the Royal Naval Air Service during the following year.[1] In 1916, whilst serving in France as an aeroplane observer, D'Albiac was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.[1] After serving as Station Commander at RAF Scopwick he transferred to the RAF on its establishment in 1918 and served on the Staff at Headquarters RAF Trans-Jordania from 1922 and as a Flight Commander in No. 99 Squadron from 1926.[1]

During the Second World War D'Albiac served as Air Officer Commanding RAF Palestine and Transjordan from August 1939, Air Officer Commanding British Forces in Greece from November 1940[2] before returning to be Air Officer Commanding RAF Palestine and Transjordan from May 1941 again.[1] He continued his war service as Air Officer Commanding British Forces in Iraq from June 1941,[3] Air Officer Commanding No. 222 Group from March 1942 and Air Officer Commanding No. 2 Group from December 1942.[1] He was then made Air Officer Commanding Second Tactical Air Force in June 1943, Deputy Commander of the Mediterranean Tactical Air Force in February 1944 and the Director-General of Personnel in November 1944.[1] He retired in 1947.[1]

In later life D'Albiac was the Aerodrome Commandant at London Heathrow Airport and the Deputy Chairman of the Air Transport Advisory Council.[1] He died in Beaconsfield on 20 August 1963.[1]

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References[edit]

  • Churchill, Winston (1950). The Second World War, Volume III, The Grand Alliance. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 
  • Lyman, Robert (2006). Iraq 1941: The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad. Campaign. Oxford, New York: Osprey Publishing. p. 96. ISBN 1-84176-991-6. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
H G Smart
Air Officer Commanding British Forces in Iraq
June 1941–March 1942
Succeeded by
H C de Crespigny
As AOC AHQ Iraq
New title
Formation Established
Commander Second Tactical Air Force
1943–1944
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Coningham